Constitutional Law

Gov't Lawyer Charged with Hate Crimes re Claimed Anonymous Calls to Neighbors

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A lawyer who has worked as an associate attorney for New York state government since 1993 and reportedly may have previously worked for a police department has been criminally charged with allegedly making racist, threatening calls to his neighbors in Albany.

James Hennessey Jr., a 58-year-old civil service department employee, is accused of threatening to kill a black woman and to kidnap a “little black boy,” the Times Union reports.

He allegedly tried to disguise his identity by using www.bluffmycall.com, but was traced through phone records obtained from a wireless provider and a cable company. He was charged with two counts of second-degree felony harassment.

As of Friday, there was no change in status for Hennessey with the agency, the newspaper says, also reporting that Hennessey makes a little over $104,000 a year there.

He posted $15,000 bond in the Albany City Court case and declined to comment when approached by a Times Union reporter.

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